Kenya news May 25, 2012

Delayed Cricket Kenya elections go ahead

The delayed Cricket Kenya elections this weekend will go ahead despite a dispute within the Nairobi Provincial Cricket Association (NPCA) which threatened to derail the process.

In a throwback to the kind of argument which left Kenyan cricket embroiled in acrimonious rows between 2003 and 2005, the NPCA, itself riven by an internal dispute, had sought to again postpone the CK election.

Although the NPCA nominated a candidate, it argued that the withdrawal of two of the three candidates it was being asked to choose between was a reason for the delay. This was rejected by CK.

Yet again there is confusion over the details and three NPCA clubs - Swamibapa, Premier and Impala - claim that they were unaware of resolutions passed in their names.

Some NPCA officials have threatened to boycott the elections. "The issue as to whether NPCA should attend or should not attend the AGM is a matter for the NPCA," a board spokesman said. "There is nothing that we can do to prevent them from attending. They have complied procedurally with everything they were required to do."

The dispute has all the hallmarks of the way Sharad Ghai and his associates managed to keep control of the old Kenyan Cricket Association until they were ousted in 2005. Since then although Kenya have continued to struggle on the field, its finances, accountability and transparency have become far more stable.

Martin Williamson is executive editor of ESPNcricinfo and managing editor of ESPN Digital Media in Europe, the Middle East and Africa